Your university everyday life will be like this: During the semester, you attend lectures, your topics’ understanding is deepened in central exercises and it is revised in tutorials. Apart from that, you have weekly homework.
At the end of the semester (mostly two weeks after the lectures ended), there will be an endterm exam – sometimes you also have midterms. If you pass an exam, you get the module’s credits. Depending on the instructor, students might be able to get a grade bonus, e.g. by attending the tutorials or submit homework.
Lectures play a great role in the university teaching. They are held by professors, which you listen to and take notes about alongside. Sometimes you do not have to do it since there might already exist lecture notes – check our lecture note sale for that.
Depending on the lecturer’s didactic skills and your personal likeability for them, the quality of lectures can greatly vary. Sometimes you can skip lectures without bad conscience, but others you probably do not want to miss out – you will have to decide that for yourself. Just keep in mind that, when attending a lecture, there are other people trying to learn as well, so be decent.
By the way, our professors do not bite if you approach them after a lecture in order to ask questions or provide feedback. Most are actually quite pleased about it.
In addition to the (abstract) topics in the lectures, concrete examples will be covered in central exercises. As well as for the lectures, the exercises’ quality can differ a lot. They are usually not held by professors but scientific staff who calculate selected problems for the students or give further material on the lecture. Sometimes, homework is also discussed.
In tutorials, the topics are practiced again and the groups are small enough so that you can ask questions. Your tutors are often students of higher semester who attended the lecture themselves one or two years ago and therefore can remember relevant problems.
Usually, you have to register for those tutorials. In what way the instructor deals with it, you find out in the first lecture. Most of the time, registration is via TUMonline. Students might be allowed to change groups as they like (to get the best tutor for themselves), but it should be clarified with the exercise instructor and tutor first.
Homework are probably the most important part of the teaching process since they prepare you most extensively.They are provided on exercise sheets from the lecture/tutorial or online and you have approximately a week to solve and submit them. Submission often is not obligatory but you might get a grade bonus for successful homework.
By all means, the tasks are demanding, so you do not have to feel like a loser if you do not manage to solve them from time to time. Depending on the professorial chair and instructors, sample solutions might be published (mostly online).
At the end of the semester, you have to show your understanding of the lecture content. An exam’s rough concept should still be known from school, but material scope is way bigger than it was in school and the grade outcome is usually worse.
Time and place will be announded in the lecture – students that do not attend it, should inform themselves respectively. Almost every exam is manageable with a bit dedication, and even if it does not work out the first time, there will usually be a repition exam as well.
Grades are different than in school. Here, you have grade from 1.0 to 5.0 and you pass with a 4.0 or better. It is of great importance to register for exams in TUMonline in time – otherwise you might not be allowed to attend it. If you missed the deadline, please contact the infopoint.